Protestant Wind

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The phrase Protestant Wind has been used in more than one context, notably:

  1. The storm that lashed the Spanish Armada in 1588.[1] The wind wrecked the Spanish fleet and thus saved England from invasion by the army of Philip II of Spain. The English made a commemorative medal saying 'He blew with His winds, and they were scattered'.
  2. The favourable winds that enabled William of Orange to invade England (while keeping opposing ships in port)[2] in 1688, when King James II was deposed in the Glorious Revolution.

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  1. ^ Europe – MSN Encarta Archived 2009-10-28 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ O'Gorman, Frank (1997). The Long Eighteenth Century: British Political and Social History 1688-1832. London: Arnold. p. 31. ISBN 0-340-56751-1.